News & Updates

Catherine Kaufman Presents at MTA's Hot Topics in Planning and Zoning

The Michigan Townships Association (MTA) will host four workshops in August entitled “Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning.” MTA Legal Counsel and Bauckham Sparks attorney Catherine Kaufman, serves as presenter for the workshop. She offers… Read More
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New Requirements for Community Oriented Policing Grant Applications

The U.S. Government is now requiring an affidavit for Community Oriented Policing Grant Applications. If your community is applying for a federal community oriented policing grant, make sure that the affidavit is included, even if the form has not ca… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

Michigan Attorney General Opinion Regarding Funding And American Indian-themed Mascots

The Michigan Attorney General has released Opinion Number 7296 indicating that the Superintendent of Public Education does not have the authority to withhold funding based on the school’s use of a American Indian-themed mascot. While the State Boar… Read More
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Attorney Catherine Kaufman gives four presentations this April.

Those of you who have heard Bauckham Sparks attorney Catherine Kaufman speak know she delivers a large volume of information in a short period of time. Her precise and articulate style – coupled with her deep expertise – make her a dynamic favori… Read More
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Construction Code Library Officially Open

Congratulations and a great big “Well Done!” to Doug Kuhlman and all those who participated in the creation of the Southwest Michigan Construction Code Essential Standards Library! In addition to Doug’s coordination, administrative, and member… Read More
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MTA Conference 2016 a great success!

Many thanks and hats off to all MTA employees who worked so diligently to make the 2016 Conference a huge success! We appreciate your efforts as much as we appreciate being part of it! If any of you missed the teaching presentations by Bauckham Spark… Read More
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New Construction Code Library under way!

For those municipalities that have joined or are considering joining the Southwest Michigan Construction Code Library, we have good news and an update for you: nearly 21 municipalities have expressed interest in joining the library and we have financ… Read More
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New regs on amateur radio operators

Michigan Senate Bill 493 amends the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act to place federal regulations on amateur radio operators (a.k.a. ham radio). Ham Radio is a two way non-commercial exchange used many times in emergency situations and is overseen by t… Read More
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Categories: Amateur Radio

You Ought To Be In Pictures …

… or at least your township should! We know we’re privileged here in Michigan to be surrounded by some of the most picturesque landscapes and countrysides anywhere. Now we need your help to get the word out! Does your township have a special land… Read More
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Access to Assessment Records

The State of Michigan’s 2011 Audits of Minimum Assessing Requirements (AMARs) includes a section on the public inspection of records, particularly assessing records. For Townships that don’t have regular office hours – or whose assessor is at… Read More
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Categories: Tax Assessments